Investigation Reveals US Taxpayer Money Went To Taliban

0 Shares
U.S. Army soldiers from the Bravo Battery of the Automatic Battalion, 2nd Battalion, 8th Field Artillery Regiment fire at suspected enemy movements in Afghanistan's Zabul province on July 20.

An unreleased, military-led investigation found that United States funds, provided in part to promote Afghan businesses, were actually directed to the Taliban. The funds were provided under a $2.16 billion transportation contract.

“Yet U.S. and Afghan efforts to address the problem have been slow and ineffective, and all eight of the trucking firms involved in the work remain on U.S. payroll,” read an article for The Washington Post, which obtained a summary of the investigation. “(T)he military found ‘documented, credible evidence… of involvement in a criminal enterprise or support for the enemy’ by four of the eight prime contractors,” and “Six of the eight companies chosen as prime contractors under the Host Nation Trucking contract are owned by Afghans or are joint Afghan-international ventures.”

“This goes beyond our comprehension,” Representative John F. Tierney (D-Mass.) told the newspaper.

The article reported that, according to an unnamed senior defense official, a revised transport system will replace the current Host Nation Trucking contract when it expires in September, and it “will require detailed information on all subcontractors and supervision by military units in the field rather than headquarters-based contracting officers.”

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to yousoundoff@personalliberty.com by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.